A Year of Smiles – Day 192

Reason to SMILE #192: THE INCREDIBLE HULK

Do you remember the scene near the end of The Avengers in which Loki, god of mischief, is being pounded by the Incredible Hulk at the top of Stark Tower but in an attempt to halt the beating, begins ranting about his godhood and demanding respect?

C’mon. You haven’t seen The Avengers? Really?

I admit it’s not for everyone but indulge me for a moment. Watch this short clip.

I LOVE that scene! In case you missed it, Loki is the bad guy. He’s full of himself and had been trying to take over the world. He deserved that beat down and much more. If you ask me, the Hulk took it easy on him but he brought that huge ego of Loki’s down a notch or two. “Puny god.” Ha!

For some reason, this scene reminds me of a guy I went to seminary with.  He had a very narrow view of who God is. We were once assigned to read the writings of Teresa of Avila, a Carmelite nun of the 1500s. She often referred to God as “Mother” in her writings and this fellow in my class could not stand it. He was adamant that this was sacrilege.  During a heated discussion in class one day, he was going on and on about the blasphemy of referring to God as our mother. Well, after a bit, I could stand it no longer and before I could even think of myself, I blurted out, “How small is that box you keep your god in?”

We tend to do that, don’t we? We try to define God and characterize Him as one way or another. We latch on to certain attributes that appeal to us and heaven forbid anyone try to broaden our perspective. We mold God into a neat little figurine that fits inside of a pretty box nestled safely on a shelf. And that satisfies us until we’re faced with a life changing situation that needs a God much bigger than the puny one on our shelf.

Fortunately for us, we have a great, big God who doesn’t mind being called “mom”, “dad” or even “friend”. He created us and knows what we need at our weakest moments. When we’re afraid and alone, he holds us close as a mother would do for any child. When we are weak and wounded, he picks us up, dusts us off and allows us to lean on his strength just as a father lifts his fallen child. When we’ve lost our way and our hope is gone, he searches for us as any true friend would do. Even more, when we were dying in our sins, he laid down his life to offer us salvation as only our true and loving God could do.

Yeah, I agree with the Hulk. No puny gods for me. I serve a great, big, wonderful God! That’s worth SMILING about!

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